Pupils Enjoy an Evening of Astronomy

On Friday 11th January, we were joined by three amateur astronomers from the Wessex Astronomical Society based in Wimborne.

The first talk was about what we should expect to see in the night sky over the coming few weeks, including the lunar eclipse on Monday 21st January and Saturn appearing from behind the moon in early February.

Originally the plan was to head outside and undertake some stargazing in The Walled Garden, however, the English winter with its cloudy skies dashed this. Instead, pupils had the opportunity to question the astronomers as well as see some superb pictures of the night sky which they were able to take away with them at the end. There was the chance to interact with the superb telescopes and other technology that were on display and enter into a raffle draw with the chance to win an array of astronomical prizes.

The second talk on ‘9 Ways the Universe is Out to Get You!’ was interesting and informative which concluded that many of the threats posed are either out of our control, that the probability of them occurring was infinitesimal, or they were far too far in the future to worry about – thankfully!

It was a superb evening with a great turnout of pupils and staff. Let’s pray for clear skies next time!

Martin Lawrence, Head of Science